Butterflies Everywhere! San Diego Safari Park and Wedding Photographer

One of the highlights of my spring is a visit to the Butterfly Exhibit at the Safari Park.
The variety is amazing!

This year I brought along my macro lens for some up close and personal captures….

Fur????
I love a butterfly with attitude!
And speaking of attitude, don’t you think this next close up of a butterfly wing looks like a snake?
Do you think predator or prey?

Just like a stained glass window….

 Fascinating Butterfly Facts
  • Butterflies taste with their feet.
  • A group of butterflies is sometimes
    called a flutter.
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  • A group of butterflies is
    sometimes called a flutter. 19 Fascinating Butterfly Facts
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  • Their eyes are made of 6,000
    lenses and can see ultraviolet light.
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  • There are 165,000 known species of
    butterflies found on every continent except Antarctica.
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  • Many adult butterflies never
    excrete waste – they use up all they eat for energy.
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  • Despite popular belief, butterfly
    wings are clear – the colors and patterns we see are made by the reflection of
    the tiny scales covering them.
  •  
  • A group of butterflies is
    sometimes called a flutter. 19 Fascinating Butterfly Facts
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  • Butterfly wings move in a figure
    “8” motion.
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  • Butterflies vary in size – the
    largest species may reach 12 inches across, while the smallest may only be half
    an inch.
  •  
  • A group of butterflies is
    sometimes called a flutter. 19 Fascinating Butterfly Facts
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  • Some butterfly species lay their
    eggs on only one type of plant.
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  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar was no
    joke – the first meal after a caterpillar hatches is usually the eggshell from
    which it has just emerged.
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  • In some areas, the number of
    feeding caterpillars on plants is so great that you can actually hear them
    munching. Thus, manners are not important in butterfly society.
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  • The process by which a caterpillar
    magically transforms into a butterfly, aka metamorphosis, is completed in 10 to
    15 days, depending on the species.
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  • Butterflies are essentially
    cold-blooded.
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  • Skipper butterflies fly so fast
    they could outpace a horse, but most butterflies fly at 5 to 12 miles per hour
    (8 to 20 kilometers per hour).
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  • Butterflies have a long, tube-like
    tongue called a proboscis that allows them to soak up their food rather than
    sip it.
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  • Males drink from mud puddles to
    extract minerals that aren’t available in flowers. This behavior is known as
    “puddling.”
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  • “Puddle clubs” are groups of
    butterflies that gather at wet soil to suck up salts and minerals.
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  • Some butterflies have been seen
    drinking blood from open wounds on animals.
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  •  Scientists thought
    butterflies were deaf until the first butterfly ears were identified in 1912.


One very important conservation tool is the encouragement of “sustainable-use industry,” 
or methods by which local people can utilize their natural resources without destroying them. 

South American rain forests are preserved because this zoo and others will purchase butterfly cocoons — this provides a living wage and saves their forests

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